Accession Number:

ADA622744

Title:

Examining the Role of Religiosity in Moral Cognition, Specifically in the Formation of Sacred Values, and Researching Computational Models for Analyzing Sacred Rhetoric and its Consequential Emotions

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Aug 2012-Aug 2015

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-08-13

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

The overall goal of this project was to research and develop computational text analysis techniques for tracking and detecting transformations in moral concerns of different cultural groups with regards to different religious and social issues. Our efforts in this project extended contemporary attempts for detecting linguistic features related to emotions and sentiment by coupling this research with a distinct theoretical emphasis on the underlying cognitive factors that influence moral rhetoric and, perhaps more importantly, how these factors unfold over time in sometimes predictable patterns. Apart from providing new techniques for collecting information about properties of decision-making of different groups, our work has added to our basic knowledge of human decision-making and the influence of devoutness to a belief system on decision-making. Our techniques can be vital tools for tracking changes in the modes of decision- making of adversaries, and in understanding how and when sacred values form. Consequently, the research will significantly aid in detecting when rational actors morph in to devoted actors.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE